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Burbank Boys Basketball Looks Sharp in Win Over Burroughs

Many of the faces have changed, but the Burbank High boys’ basketball team closed out its regular season against Burroughs like the team that is ready for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Last season the Bulldogs reached their first CIF championship game since 1926.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Bulldogs overcame an early first-quarter slump to easily beat the host Indians 59-51 in a Pacific League contest Thursday.

“Our league has the best coaches, so it definitely prepares us for the playoffs,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “We wanted to go 4-3 in the second half of league and we did that. We’re right where we want to be.”

Burbank (17-10, 7-7 in the league) claimed the fourth spot in the league behind Pasadena, Muir and Crescenta Valley.

Burroughs (13-14, 3-11) struggled with numbers all season and even missed having coach Allan Ellis on the bench.  He missed the game for undisclosed reasons.

“This team has been through so many adversities this year,” acting head coach Scott Koulouvaris said. “We’ve had so many injuries. We lost our best player (Stefon Foster) at the beginning of the season. We’ve had guys with concussions, sprained ankles. You name it we had it. We played at one point with seven guys. It has been tough on the kids.”

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Burroughs jumped out to an early lead and held a 15-14 advantage going into the second quarter.

Burbank then took over by going on an 11-0 run to begin the second quarter.

Burroughs remained tough, but never really threatened the Bulldogs again.  Burbank led 31-27 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 43-34 at the end of the third period.

Burbank was led by Erik Harutyunyan, who had a game-high 23 points. Sevak Mkrtchyan had 12 points, Xavier Davis eight, Justin De Sales seven, Tyrese Willis six and Ben Burnham had three points.

Burroughs was led by Omar Searcy, who had 13 points. Zion Bazzell had 12 points, Carson Clarke had nine, Quentin Roberts eight, Amir Montgomery seven and DJ Hubbell had two points.


Pasadena Boys Basketball Too Tough for Burbank

With the CIF Southern Section playoffs, just two weeks away the Burbank High boys’ basketball team got to experience a playoff-like scenario Monday when visiting Pasadena High visited in a Pacific League contest.

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Facing a full-court press and an opponent that moves the ball very quickly, Burbank fell 84-51.

“Games like this is why we’ve been successful in the playoffs,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “Playing teams like this helps us. Our league helps us for the playoffs. Pasadena is probably better than any team we’re going to face in the playoffs.”

When Burbank (15-8, 5-5) was able to break Pasadena’s press in the first half, junior Erik Harutyunyan was the player who got the ball in the open court.

He scored 17 of Burbank’s 26 first-half points.

“When you play an athletic team like this you have to take care of every possession and take care of the ball as much as you can,” Harutyunyan said. “You have to hit your open shots. That’s the formula you need to beat a great team like this.”

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On the defensive end, Harutyunyan had the task of trying to guard Pasadena’s Bryce Hamilton, who is one of the top players in the nation. Hamilton has signed with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Obviously he’s a very tough player. I wish him all the best. It was very cool to compete against him,” Harutyunyan said. “We played as hard as we could and that’s all you can ask for.”

Hamilton, who finished with 20 points, played sparingly in the third quarter and did not play at all for the fourth quarter. He said his team (16-6, 9-1) benefitted from overcoming a loss in the league opener to Crescenta Valley.

“That game made us come out hungrier and not to take any team lightly,” Hamilton said.

Burbank trailed 24-11 at the end of the first quarter and 44-26 at halftime. Pasadena went on to lead 71-39 going into the fourth quarter.

Burbank got seven points from Jared Pasion, and five each from Xavier Davis, Justin De Sales and Sevak Mkrtchyan.

Chance Van Hook and Angel Ibarra each had four points.  Tyrese Willis and Jalen Clark each had two points.

Burbank Boys Basketball Outhustled by Glendale

It took the Burbank High boys’ basketball team a long time to get into the rhythm it is accustomed to on Friday night when the Bulldogs visited Glendale High.

Burbank’s slump lasted so long that it was unable to dig itself out of a big hole in a 65-57 Pacific League defeat.

“I thought Glendale outworked us on the defensive glass and got a lot of second-chance opportunities. Glendale played harder than us for I’d say 28 minutes of the game,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said.

Burbank (11-4 overall, 1-1 in league) suddenly came to life following a Glendale timeout with 3:44 left and the Nitros holding a 54-40 lead.

The Bulldogs went on a quick 10-2 run and had a legitimate chance at getting back into the game being down just 56-50 with 2:21 to play after a three-pointer from Chance Van Hook.

“We were desperate and desperate teams are dangerous. They came back,” Potts said of his team. “We’re never going to go away. It’s good to know the fight is with this group.”

Burbank scored just eight points in the first quarter and just 19 in the first half.

“In the first half we struggled offensively. One of the reasons for that is because Tyrese (Willis) went out because of foul trouble,” Potts said. “All the credit to Glendale. They played hard and deserved to win this game.”

Burbank trailed 9-8 at the end of the first quarter and 26-17 at halftime. Glendale led 41-32 going into the final period.

Willis scored all of his team-high 17 points in the second half.

Van Hook finished with 12 points, all of which came in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs got 11 points each from Erik Harutyunyan and Sevak Mkrtchyan.

Angel Ibarra had four points and Jalen Clark had two points for Burbank.

Glendale (13-2, 1-1) was led by David Shamiryan and Eli Degrate. Both finished with 14 points.